the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people.
Jesus Christ, regarded by Christians as fulfilling this promise and expectation. John 4:25, 26.
(usually lowercase) any expected deliverer.
(usually lowercase) a zealous leader of some cause or project.
(italics) an oratorio (1742) by George Frideric Handel.

Also Douay Bible, Mes·si·as [mi-sahy-uh s] /mɪˈsaɪ əs/ (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of Messiah

< Late Latin (Vulgate) Messīās < Greek Messī́ās < Hebrew māshīaḥ literally, anointed
Related formsMes·si·ah·ship, nounMes·si·an·ic [mes-ee-an-ik] /ˌmɛs iˈæn ɪk/, adjectiveMes·si·an·i·cal·ly, adverbpre-Mes·si·an·ic, adjectivepseu·do-Mes·si·an·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for messiahship

Historical Examples of messiahship

  • They need to stand by the grave of no Lazarus to be certified as to His Messiahship.

    Memories of Bethany

    John Ross Macduff

  • He pointed John to the fulfilment of these prophecies in proof of his Messiahship.


    Calvin Elliott

  • Synoptics: He did not announce his Messiahship until late in his ministry.

    The Christ

    John Eleazer Remsburg

  • Yet we do not find that he had as yet formed any distinct conception of his own Messiahship.

  • Sabbata's disciples declared that Nathan had dug up a part of the ancient writing, wherein Zevi's Messiahship was testified.

British Dictionary definitions for messiahship



Judaism the awaited redeemer of the Jews, to be sent by God to free them
Jesus Christ, when regarded in this role
an exceptional or hoped for liberator of a country or people
Derived FormsMessiahship, noun

Word Origin for Messiah

C14: from Old French Messie, ultimately from Hebrew māshīach anointed
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Word Origin and History for messiahship



c.1300, Messias, from Late Latin Messias, from Greek Messias, from Aramaic meshiha and Hebrew mashiah "the anointed" (of the Lord), from mashah "anoint." This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Greek Khristos (see Christ). In Old Testament prophetic writing, it was used of an expected deliverer of the Jewish nation. The modern English form represents an attempt to make the word look more Hebrew, and dates from the Geneva Bible (1560). Transferred sense of "an expected liberator or savior of a captive people" is attested from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

messiahship in Culture



For Jews (see also Jews) and Christians (see also Christian), the promised “anointed one” or Christ; the Savior. Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah who delivered mankind from its sins. Jews believe that the Messiah has not yet come.



In Judaism and Christianity, the promised “anointed one” or Christ; the Savior. Christians (see also Christian) believe that Jesus was the Messiah who delivered mankind from original sin (see also original sin). Jews (see also Jews) believe that the Messiah has not yet come.



An oratorio by George Frederick Handel on the life of Jesus. Written for solo singers, chorus, and orchestra, it contains the “Hallelujah Chorus.” In the United States, it is often sung during the Christmas season.

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